A highly competitive, ten-day student filmmaking intensive.
The Summer Film Institute is our flagship program. In partnership with and hosted at Norfolk State University, our ten-day program brings together scholars and industry professionals to teach Black, aspiring artists about the art of filmmaking. The program is open to high schoolers, college students, and recent graduates and offers full scholarships for participants who have financial limitations.
Developing Activist Storytellers
Participating students have a shared passion for film, storytelling, social justice and African Diaspora. Our summer program is dedicated to empowering these students, cultivating their voices, and creating a cohort of activist-storytellers to help confront and shift today’s most pressing cultural issues.
The curriculum includes:
Summer Film Institute Impact:
Shemar Yanick Jonas
“NPF provided the best experience of my life to create in a healthy environment full of black creatives and industry professionals. We had every film workshop you can think of and everyone had the opportunity to find where they fit in best. I always knew Acting was a calling of mine but I also had a big passion for directing and NPF gave me the tools that helped me co-create this film and other projects. I came back home to Brooklyn and have directed on my own. I’m forever grateful.”
Apply for the 2023 Summer Film Institute
Apply for the Summer Film Institute
The Summer Film Institute is open to advanced high school students (rising seniors only), current college students, and recent college graduates (graduated within the past 2 years). Successful applicants must show exceptional creativity in their storytelling and be prepared to bring unique ideas to the program.
The Nate Parker Summer Film Institute is a highly competitive program for students who have a passion for film, storytelling, social justice, and African Diaspora culture. Students are required to be academically rigorous, historically informed, and politically engaged. This flagship institute is dedicated to transforming the film industry by disrupting the established avenues towards film production and by cultivating new voices to ultimately change the racial climate of this Nation.
Norfolk State University is the ideal venue to create a film program that is, at its very essence, engaged in the history of African America. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are living memorials to the 12 million enslaved Africans who survived the middle passage, as well as all of their descendants. The Nate Parker Summer Film Institute will train future filmmakers as historians, activists, and artists who are prepared to be change agents that challenge prevalent images and stereotypes that exist in media for people of African descent through film and theater. Graduates of the Institute will receive professional training, mentorship, and gain access to networking circles in the film industry.
Courses in the intensive seven-day program include:
African Diaspora History and Culture
Cultural Media Literacy and Critical Thought
Film, Media, and Social Justice
Producing a Film on Budget
Applications are due by midnight PST, June 6, 2023.
The 2023 Summer Film Institute, hosted by Norfolk State University, will begin on July 16 and continue through July 22, 2023.
The Nate Parker Summer Film Institute is a highly competitive program for students who have a passion for film, storytelling, social justice, and African Diaspora culture. Successful applicants must show exceptional creativity in their storytelling and be able to bring unique ideas to the program. This institute is academically rigorous and requires both academic dedication and creative potential. The application process is open to High School students (rising seniors), current college students, and recent college graduates (graduated within the past 2 years). Tuition cost (includes room and board) is $1,500. Scholarships are available for those who demonstrate need.